Imagine an economy where no person is left behind. Where equal opportunities are available to all. And where an increasing number of people get to experience the power of receiving a living wage. This is more than possible if members of society band together to place more focus on creating green jobs. Let’s take a look at what our new economy should look like following the coronavirus pandemic to create more opportunities for all.
Ideally, the aim of the new economy should be on reducing environmental hazards stemming from climate change and air pollution. In addition, efforts should be made to invest in sectors that can pave the way for an expanded and sustainable green economy. These are steps that both community and elected leaders can take together to drive positive, eco-friendly economic change.
For example, leaders could invest billions of dollars in electrifying homes, vehicles, and ports. They could even push for a transit system that is fully electric yet reliable and affordable. Likewise, plans should focus on setting bold objectives for community solar, offshore wind, and energy storage.
In addition, leaders could create local union green jobs that provide fair wages for sustaining middle-class lifestyles. And these jobs should not be outsourced. Furthermore, investment in park management and in the remediation of lead pipes is essential. Leaders should also promote investment in the installation of green infrastructure that will help to protect against the stormwater runoff pollution and flooding brought about by climate change.
All in all, greater focus on green technology and green jobs from the top down can help to enhance people’s overall quality of life in the years ahead.